Wednesday, August 26, 2009
This sign drives me nuts (and Justin's tired of hearing me complain about it so I'm complaining to you). I always thought this sign was educational, informing people (mainly their residents, I assumed) the difference between needs and wants. The sign would list things like clothing, toilet paper, stuff like that.
One day I was complaining to Justin because it said "Needs Are Scrapbooking Supplies." I was telling Justin that scrapbooking supplies really weren't needs. Justin explained that some of the women in the shelter have their children with them, so they would like scrapbooking supplies. We went back and forth and were both confused.
Basically, what it boiled down to was semantics. Grammar. I took the sign very literally. But actually, the sign is advertising what donations they would like to receive. It upsets me every time I see it. Instead of saying "Needs Are..." I think it should say "We Need..." "Please Donate..." or even "...Needed."
Today the sign reads "Needs Are Scientific Calculators."
As always, it bugged me. But I had an entertaining thought. Scientific calculators. I know what scientific calculators are. But isn't that a dumb term for them? Aren't all calculators scientific? What other kinds are there? Whimsical calculators? Musical calculators? Literary calculators?
That was my chuckle for the day.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Today when I went outside to visit Joci, the weather was just so beautiful. It was so warm and sunny. I just had to have myself a little round of "Anywhere But Here."
I was wishing that I was at Blacktail Reservoir, lounging on the beach or on a nice boat. I would be with my friend Jamie who moved yesterday and who I am missing. We would be talking and chilling, reading fun books and girlie magazines.
Not very creative, but that's today's version of Anywhere But Here.
Take a minute and have your own round of Anywhere But Here. Feel free to leave your daydream in a message. :)
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
But I think I will.
Seriously...how does a 4 month old win prizes at an outdoor carnival with a big jump jump and face painting?
Jocelyn won a toy alligator and a beach ball. Good job, whatever you did!
Also, we went to JCPenney's today for some portraits. The good news is there were no melt downs, no spit ups, no blow out diapers...but there were no smiles either. We did get some cute shots though and we had a coupon so it was really affordable. We'll be back in another month or so and hope for more smiles then.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Jocelyn and Audrey met for the first time. Audrey is exactly two months older than Jocelyn.
We went to the Hogle Zoo on Saturday. Stephanie was at work, so she was missing. We had Jeff and the Frederick kids, the Groffs, my parents, and us Zierkes.
In Hawaii, we bought matching muu muus for Audrey and Joci. So we had to dress them up and get some pictures. So here is their very funny photo-shoot. They really do love each other - that's our story and we're sticking to it!
While it is a little delayed, I just wanted to post a tribute to some of the best movies ever!
Ah, the Brat Pack. Thanks to John Hughes, the world discovered Molly Ringwald, Robert Downey, Jr., and the Cusacks. We all wanted to be as suave as Ferris Bueller and we even fantasized about building a robot boyfriend/girlfriend.
We met Macaulay Culkin and dreamed of being left Home Alone. We all experienced a family vacation like The Great Outdoors and have nostalgia for the perfect Christmas Vacation. And between movies like Sixteen Candles and Some Kind of Wonderful, we all knew that us dweeby, nerdy kids had a shot at our happy endings.
Thanks for the memories, Mr. Hughes!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
I used to be kinda proud that I still have my tonsils. Not many adults do. Now I wish they'd been taken out when I was a kid and it only took a couple days to recover. Do you still have your tonsils? Has anyone had an adult tonsilectomy? How was it?
Friday, August 7, 2009
She rolled over once in May, just a weird fluke. Lately she's made it to her side a lot. We went to the pediatrician yesterday because Jocelyn has been congested for a couple weeks. By the way, she's 12 pounds 9 ounces. She started rolling on the exam table. She rolled five times there. The doctor even had a hard time listening to her heart beat because she wouldn't stay on her back.
Back at home, I broke out the camera and laid her down and...she couldn't do it. Her arm would get stuck. She'd get so frustrated and just yell. I tried different surfaces to try to mimic the exam table - our leather couches, the kitchen counter, different carpets. Still nothing.
So, then it was bed time. We had Joci in her jammies and she was sleeping on her back on the floor and Justin and I were watching television. Then in her sleep, she started rolling over. She'd fall asleep mid-roll. It cracked us up. And then, she did it. In her sleep! We were laughing so hard. She did it a couple times and we finally got a video of it.
She didn't forget over night and she was rolling this morning. She didn't show off at daycare, but she was doing it again at home. She's gotten very quick at it. When I was changing her diaper this evening she rolled over three times. When I grabbed a wipe, I turned back and she was on her tummy. Then when I opened the baby powder bottle. And again when I was spreading open the clean diaper. Justin and I were just laughing so hard to see this tiny baby with a nakey bum rolling faster than I could grab a diaper.
I'm so excited for her, especially after seeing her try so hard, but I know it won't be long until she's scooting around and it's a little bittersweet. It's hard to see my girl grow up so fast. It's a good thing that each milestone is so exciting and such an achievement or else I would just bawl. How do you (or did you) deal with these milestones? Happy? Sad? Tears? Bragging?
Here she is rolling while she's half asleep.
The next morning she still remembered her new trick!
Sunday, August 2, 2009
We went camping this past weekend at my favorite campsite, Riverside Campground, just south of Island Park. I swear we got one of the few campsites that had no shade, despite being surrounded by trees. They just weren't at the right angle. We were hot during the day and freezing at night. We went to Mesa falls. We had yummy tinfoil dinner, banana boats, and a hotdog roast.
exploring the campground
At Mesa Falls
Lower Mesa Falls in the background
Upper Mesa Falls
At the Mesa Falls visitors center. Joci is sitting on a beaver pelt.
The Mesa Falls visitors center
"The Wishing Spot" from my childhood at Riverside